All too often we see Vikings portrayed as mindless brutes, jumping off boats and thrashing their way through villages with mindless savagery….but lets stop and think for a moment about the peoples the Romans referred to as Barbarians.
They were physically fit, intelligent, clean, believed in male/female equality and were well groomed.
They had their own language system, writing system and traded with people across the globe, thereby expanding their understanding of foreign languages.
They weren’t godless heathens – they had gods and goddesses of their own. The Allfather, Odin, also referred to as The One; Baldur, the handsome healer and protector of humans, son of Odin; Vili and Ve, co-creators of the Northern Peoples, Odin’s brothers who he banished when they tried to seduce his wife; Thor, the sun of an Earth Giant and Odin, ruler of the Middle World (Earth); Hel, daughter of Loki, Odin’s adopted son, ruler of the realm of the dead; and the list goes on.
They were skilled farmers, carpenters, metal workers, leather workers, with a knowledge of harnessing wind and water energy.
The All Thing in Iceland, the remains of which are visitable today, was an ancient, democratic gathering place for all residents to voice their concerns and make decisions.
I have several theories for Newfoundland – one being that its name is actually a misspelled version of Neufeld Land and there are families of Neufelds living in Newfoundland to this day.
I also have my own theory of why there is a pink, green and white version of the Newfoundland Flag; I believe it stems from Italian explorers plunking down flags of Italy that then faded with time from red, white and medium green to pink, white and moss green.
I have found large rocks with Runic carvings upon them, spotted large ravens with white beneath their wings and mused as to the genetic background of Newfoundland Ponies compared to Icelandic Horses.
This is because I grew up in Cape Breton. To me, this place is a new place to discover. One with legends of Vikings and Faeries. And of course, there are the bad stories, of how European greed wiped out an entire tribe’s existence. I search for proof of their existence too, comb the beaches and forests for some remnant no one else has noticed.
I am bringing LARP here and hopefully in doing so, am bringing Newfoundland to LARP. Imagination is a form of freedom. Play is the best method of teaching. Action is the best method of learning. Shape shifting or dressing up in costume does more than affect the way you look – it affects the way you act.
By acting, we end up reflecting. And suddenly, something that seems like a whole lot of fun, has profoundly increased a person’s ability to look at other’s with new respect and understanding.
Costumes, weapons, story and location go hand in hand for a successful Live Action Role Playing adventure. If you have several days to enjoy the area, we recommend a pre-game hike on one of many breathtaking, Trout River Trails while wearing at least a token part of your character’s costume. They are called CHARACTER HIKES and can be booked Monday thru Thursday for morning or afternoon. Capping at groups of 10 per hike, for safety and better experience, these routes will take you to wonderful camera views of the coastal community, mountains, rivers and forest. The goal is to stay in character – be who you are going to play – for the entire hike.
If you’re nervous about your warrior moves and handling a LARP weapon for the first time, come out on Friday evening for a WARRIOR WORKOUT. These will take place on the beach in Trout River every Friday evening at 6:30pm until 7:30pm. Great ice breakers! Don’t worry about your physical abilities – the goal is to have a blast and get used to weapon use technique while tricking yourself into some exercise.
WEEKEND LARP no matter the theme is composed of two days: Day 1 is about introductions, rules, game map, characters, fun activities, hints for successful gameplay, prizes in the game revealed and more! Day 2 is game on! LARP play commences at 1pm and finishes up at 7pm rain or shine.
Once you’ve registered online, we will send you a storyline of gameplay with a detailed gameplay section. You will be given a character type but you can create your character’s personality and look. If you need advice or help in any way, just ask! We will be going over these materials on DAY 1 in case there are any uncertainties. Also included are some language hints (Runic, Elvish and Faerie scrawl) that you can study to prepare.
While there are no refunds, due to the gameplay cap of 54 players, we can transfer LARP tickets from one event date to another should you have something come up.